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Old 02-07-2018, 05:25 AM
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Default Can somebody dumb-down the Tesla in space thing for me?

I'm not sure I understand it. Elon Musk launched a mannequin inside a real Tesla into orbit?... where it streamed video and now is just up there?

I don't understand. My understanding is the company can't make the cars it said it would make... so how does this help? Next up, is what happens to the car up there? Is it going to be gotten back and just sit up there with more space junk? I can't believe an super environmental person like Elon Musk is going to litter space like that?

So... sorry for the moronic questions, but I really don't get it.

Thanks!
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wow! I asked my wife this morning if she knew why they lunched a car and even she knew.
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Space-X had to put some dummy payload on the rocket to make the test useful. They could have used concrete blocks, hunks of steel, rocks, etc. No matter what was chosen as a dummy payload, it was going to be flying around in space for millions of years. Elon Musk donated one of his personal Tesla roadsters, which is not one of the models Tesla is having trouble producing. He and his company decided to have some fun with the whole thing.
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Its not coming back. Its one of the first Tesla's( The Roadster I believe.). It is/was Musk's personal car. They needed weight to test the rocket with. The car is the weight. Marketing. How many people are talking about it now.

The launch was a big step yesterday. It takes NASA's job and is privatizing it. Technology development. Inventing. Proof of concept type stuff. We may not see the benefits int he here and now but 10-20-30 years down the road we will. Think microwave ovens from the 1950's .
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Two different companies, the launch was a test launch and they just used it as payload. The roadster is an old Tesla, and likely just a shell, which was bought from Lotus in the first place. He got free PR for Tesla from it, and all the Tesla fanboys love it. Mission accomplished.
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The launch and payload (Tesla) was a test for the rocket and payload carrying system.

The Tesla was used for the payload. They said the Tesla was cheaper than a dummy payload. Don't know about that, seems a couple pallets of bricks would be pretty cheap compared to a loaded out Tesla but.......

I'm sure the Tesla and mannequin will make great talking points and promotional material for years to come.

BTW, the Tesla is supposed to be on a path away from earth.
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The thought is that the car will not last very long in orbit. It is not shielded from solar/space radiation so it will break down fairly quickly at the molecular bond level. Carbon chassis, plastics, etc all will be pulled apart as the bonds break down.
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The thought is that the car will not last very long in orbit. It is not shielded from solar/space radiation so it will break down fairly quickly at the molecular bond level. Carbon chassis, plastics, etc all will be pulled apart as the bonds break down.
Great! As if we didn't have enough space junk up there.

It is about privitizing the cape. NASA did a fantastic job, but they were management, not the actual constructors. Next step..Disney contracts to use the cape as a tourist attraction.
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If you get huge federal support and incentives, you can show off.
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Originally Posted by OldPete View Post
I'm not sure I understand it. Elon Musk launched a mannequin inside a real Tesla into orbit?... where it streamed video and now is just up there?

I don't understand. My understanding is the company can't make the cars it said it would make... so how does this help? Next up, is what happens to the car up there? Is it going to be gotten back and just sit up there with more space junk? I can't believe an super environmental person like Elon Musk is going to litter space like that?

So... sorry for the moronic questions, but I really don't get it.

Thanks!
The car and capsule are actually on their way to Mars to enter orbit as a first step to a planned human mission to Mars.

Other than the Atlas V, which rely on Russian engines to reach orbit, there is no other launch vehicle capable of the required thrust necessary to achieve Mars orbit for a human payload.

Musk's long term goal is getting us off Earth and exploring other planets.

I have no idea what your comment about not being able to deliver cars is about. It's nothing short of entirely incorrect. The payload on this launch was Musk's personal Tesla Roadster (I believe production unit #1). As of September '17, Tesla had delivered over 250,000 vehicles (mostly Model S).

You may be confusing production delays and an admittedly large number of quality issues with not being able to deliver a car, but they've successfully delivered over a quarter million. The Model 3, very slowly rolling out now, had total of 518,000 pre-orders. Based on some production delays, quality control issues, and very, very long delivery lead times 63,000 people cancelled their pre-orders.

But that still leaves 455,000 pre-orders to fulfill. They're doing ok.
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Originally Posted by Shore Native View Post
The thought is that the car will not last very long in orbit. It is not shielded from solar/space radiation so it will break down fairly quickly at the molecular bond level. Carbon chassis, plastics, etc all will be pulled apart as the bonds break down.
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Great! As if we didn't have enough space junk up there.

It is about privitizing the cape. NASA did a fantastic job, but they were management, not the actual constructors. Next step..Disney contracts to use the cape as a tourist attraction.
No, that's not accurate.

It is thought that the car is probably not drive able anymore but it is not going to just disintegrate any time in our lifetimes.

Oh, by the way, the car is on its way to MARS. It's going to be on a veeery long Mars/Sun orbit for a very long time. Way longer than any of us are going to be here.
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Poor repo guy...
Good luck recovering THAT one! Hope he dint be owin no mo money on dat ride!.
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I just want to know . How many charging stations are there on Mars?
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The tracking map put out by Space X shows it going way out there past the sun and then continuing to orbit around the sun and back between Earth and Mars. As MattGoose said - for a VERY long time. Well.....until it disintegrates anyway.
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I just want to know . How many charging stations are there on Mars?
Musk hasn't gotten there to build them yet.

He will.
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TESLA... the FASTEST Car in the 'Verse!!!!

Brilliant marketing.
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Thoughts on the #FalconHeavy Launch yesterday,..
I pondered WHY Elon Musk did this...
So Elon Musk has boosted a Telsa into Space Orbit complete with a #Spaceman..
My brain was “niggling” Me saying I’ve seen this scene somewhere else before…
Then it hit me..
This has been done before!
though in a movie..
Heavy Metal Circ 1980…
1959 roadster boosted into space, complete with spaceman!
Elon must of smoked to much Lithium to get that vision…
Watch..
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It is brilliant marketing. They also "inspired" a rumor that some of Bowie's ashes are in the robot/dummy sitting behind the wheel.





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